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Morgan County Council Approves 911 Dispatch Center Bond

State law mandates 2 or fewer public safety answering stations in a county. The new dispatch center will consolidate at least two call centers in Morgan County.

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State law mandates two or fewer public safety answering stations in a county. The new dispatch center will consolidate at least two call centers in Morgan County.

Emergency calls in Morgan County will soon be directed to a new place.

The Morgan County Council Tuesday approved a $3.1 million, 12-year bond note to fund the construction of a 911 dispatch center in Martinsville.

Morgan County Council President Kenneth Hale says the money will come from the county cumulative capital fund.

“There will not be any new tax rate for this bonding,” says Hale. “We’ve got it drafted up to where we can use any available revenues that we already have on hand.”

State law mandates no more than two public safety answering stations in a county, except counties with universities and airports.

Hale says spending the money now to consolidate all three points in Morgan County will put the county in compliance with the state law and save the county money over time.

“If we all partner and go together, it’s going to be a tremendous savings over the long run, cause you’ve got one place operating 24/7 versus three 24/7, 365.,” Hale says. “It will then generate some savings over a ten-year period.”

The dispatch center is expected to be finished by December.

Taylor Killough

Taylor Killough is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and has studied anthropology and digital journalism. She has professional experience in education and communications and is excited to be a part of the award-winning team at WFIU/WTIU.

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